U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), right, talks with panelists, while U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), looks on during the Illinois Nuclear Safety Forum at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago, Friday, March, 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Illinois politicians are reacting tonight to the news that Osama Bin Laden has been killed by order of President Obama in Pakistan.
Senator Dick Durbin said the news should come as a warning to our enemies.
“I was advised by Vice President Biden this Sunday evening that Osama bin Laden has been killed. Though this is not the end of the threat of terrorism, it is a clear warning to our enemies that when they threaten and kill Americans, they will be pursued and held accountable. Our nation owes a great debt of gratitude to our intelligence community and military for pursuing this manhunt for almost ten years and successfully eliminating the most high profile terrorist on earth. Those who believed bin Laden and his network were invincible will now awaken to a new reality.”
Senator Mark Kirk, who has a military background, got on a plane shortly after the news broke, but he left a Twitter message for service members:
"Thank you and Bravo Zulu to all service members and CIA who have sacrificed so much for this day," he wrote.
At a Monday press conference, Kirk expounded on his thoughts.
"I think that we should take this as a victory in the war on terror.This is certainly more of a political blow to Al-Qeada than a military one. Osama bin Laden will not be long missed by the people of the United States. He is the greatest mass murderer in U.S. history," Kirk said.
Congressman Don Manzullo called it justice.
“Nearly 10 years after he ordered the 9/11 attacks, justice has been served to Osama bin Laden. The most feared terrorist ever to walk the face of the earth was tracked down and killed today by U.S. armed forces, and the world is a better place tonight. Our thoughts are with the families of those killed on 9/11 and in other terrorist attacks with hopes that they can rest a little easier tonight knowing bin Laden is dead.”
Congressman Bobby Rush congratulated Obama and service men and women, saying it's a "tremendous accomplishment."
“While the fight has not ended, Bin Laden’s death is an important demonstration of the will and steadfast determination of the American people," Rush said in a statement shortly after the president's announcement Sunday. "I join President Obama in calling for unity as we are reminded, in this moment, that there is more that unites us than divides us.”